How to work in the “me” generation.
Ah, the everlasting money chase- it seems to be a common theme among students, no matter their situation. Between a strange class schedule, a commitment phobia, or just really not wanting an unfortunate part-time job, motivation to hand out resumes is often lost, thus creating an increasing group of students who may want to work, but don’t have the opportunity. We’re all about solutions here, so have created a list of 13 unconventional student jobs that may be suited for you this school year, and we’re not talking paid survey taking or essay selling here – our list will really work:
Take your passion to the next level and become a fitness instructor. This can be great for those who love being at the gym anyway, and even more so for outgoing people with a passion for fitness. Not only that, but becoming a fitness instructor leaves you with many options for personal training, to yoga, to aerobics or dance aerobics, and more!
Get information of the Fitness Instructor Training program ran through the YMCA here: http://www.ymcaquebec.org/en/Health-and-Fitness/Fitness-Instructor-Training/Fitness-Instructor-Training-Program-FIT
Brand Ambassador or Promotional Model
If you love people, are extremely smiley and outgoing, and have a flare for customer service and interaction, this job is for you! Many companies hire promotional models and brand ambassadors on behalf of their event, brand, or product, in order to create brand, campaign, and product awareness. These jobs are typically contractual, and tend to pay very well as they tend to be short programs and long shifts- but are extremely beneficial- not only is the work easy, fun, and well-paid, but you’re constantly interacting and making new connections, get to attend the hottest events, and can also walk away with some free stuff! Best of all, MINIMAL COMMITMENT because most activations are no longer than 1-3 shifts.
Check out some Montreal Brand Ambassador positions here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brandambassadorsofmontreal/
For those of us lacking a pet, this is an ideal position because you get to make money while spending time with a furry friend. There are many people who are simply too busy to walk their dogs, and this is where you come in, as the dog walker extraordinaire you are.
Check out Pet Sitting and Care jobs here: https://www.care.com/en-ca/jobs/dog-sitting/montreal
Take what you like, and make money from it. Are you the type of person that like to get what you want no matter what, if something isn’t there for you, do you make it happen for yourself? Maybe you should consider entrepreneurship of sorts. Running your own business can have many advantages and can be kept simple when you are simply looking to build a revenue instead of a brand. You can capitalize on your talents, or find an answer to an issue that needed solving; either way, entrepreneurship can reap many benefits at this age that other jobs cannot.
Check out a Canadian-wide incubator and sponsorship program here: http://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/
Task apps like Kutoto- Canada’s version of TaskRabbit, is the answer for people who don’t have time to commit. This app works similar to Fiverr, but offers matching local errands and jobs with local job seekers, worth $10 or more. Jobs vary from standing in line, baking cakes, walking dogs, and much more. It’s like the Uber or Tinder for quick errands and quick money making- all cashless (a credit card is required).
Get more information on Kutoto here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/kutoto-get-things-done-locally./id585915367?mt=8
Check out similar apps here: http://appcrawlr.com/app/related/2286384
Social Media for a Small Business
You’re hanging out on instagram all day anyways ….
Take advantage of your consistent knowledge of social media and reach out to a small business seeking social media help. Many small companies are looking for someone with basic skills such as setting up a Facebook and various social networking pages, something you can do in your sleep! Thus, surprisingly, your fluency in social media, hashtags, and posting, turns you into an ideal social media intern for a small business.
You can check job ads on sites like Kijiji and Indeed. http://www.kijiji.ca/b-grand-montreal/social-media/k0l80002 and http://www.indeed.ca/
Tutor or Teacher
If you show scholastic aptitude towards a certain subject, or can speak another language (or two), you might actually be the ideal tutor! Not only does it pay well, but you can choose to tutor in subjects that interest you or that you excel in, but you’re guaranteed to meet some cool new people and students, and it looks great on a resume!
You can check out tutoring jobs here: https://www.tutorhero.me/blog/post/51/Tutoring-Job-in-Montreal-Quebec-The-Best-Company-to-Work-For
Similar to social media, since you’re probably spending time there anyways, why not work in a club? Working in a club has a schedule benefit because typically you won’t be working before 10pm, but is also ideal to make new friends, get into the nightlife scene, and offers diverse roles- from a bottle service girl/boy, DJ, promoter, shooter girl, or bartender, to a bouncer, host/coat check, marketing and PR agents, and promotional model – the club industry, provided you’re a night owl, has a job to suit you.
To apply to work in a club in Montreal stay tuned- most clubs will host a job fair early September that will be advertised on their Facebook or Instagram pages.
Mystery shopping is a really cool part-time job- you essentially assess customer service at various stores, from a boutique, to a spa, to a restaurant, the opportunities are endless. Although the pay is somewhat lower, you end up getting many fun outings paid for by the company, provided you can stay discreet within your assessment and fill out the corresponding report. I must warn however, if you see ads claiming to pay $400 or high amounts per assignments, it may be a scam (even if they send you a job application), be wise and weary- if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Apply to one of Montreal’s many Mystery Shopping firms here: https://premierservice.ca/apply/
Create an Etsy or Ebay Store
If you’re artistic, create a homemade product, and start and a corresponding Etsy store! Etsy specializes in selling handmade and vintage products, and is incredibly easy to use. If you’re not into making something or scouting vintage finds, you can always downsize and sell some used items Kardashian style via your very own Ebay store.
Check out Etsy and Ebay Stores here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/ and http://stores.ebay.ca/
Valet Parking Attendant
If you’re car-less but enjoy driving, try finding a Valet Parking Attendant job- this is something different and surely a cool way to drive nice cars and spend work your time, differently.
Check out Valet Parking Attendant jobs in Montreal here: http://www.wowjobs.ca/BrowseResults.aspx?q=Valet&s=r&l=Montreal%2C+QC
Ride Share or Uber Driver
If you have your own car, become a ride share or Uber driver – although Uber is banned in the city of Montreal (hyperlink this), it’s up and running as close as the area of Laval.
Furthermore, ride share drivers tend to make a huge profit and have their gas paid for. So when travelling between Montreal and another city, think about doing a ride share. Consider this: if you’re travelling from Ottawa to Montreal and fill your car up at $15 a person, you’re making $120 for the round trip. Not a bad profit, especially if you’re driving from point A to point B regardless.
Get more information on becoming an Uber driver here: https://partners.uber.com/join/
Get rideshare information here: http://www.kijiji.ca/b-covoiturage/grand-montreal/c5l80002?siteLocale=en_CA and http://www.kangaride.com/ and check your local and university rideshare groups on Facebook (hyperlink fb)
Freelance Writer/ Blogging
If you have a lot to say, or extended knowledge in one subject, freelance writing or blogging could be for you. Many websites are seeking bloggers and freelance writers, and allow submissions from the public- best of all, if they choose your story or piece, you will be paid!
Check out websites that pay to feature your writing here: http://www.makealivingwriting.com/websites-that-pay-writers-2015-79-sites/